SPRINGFIELD – A plan to reinstate Medicaid adult dental benefits recently passed the Illinois State Senate and awaits a vote in the House. State Senator John Sullivan (D-Rushville) is co-sponsoring the legislation, House Bill 1516, which passed with bipartisan support.
"I've heard from individuals, dentists and health care providers about how the lack of dental coverage for adults has negatively impacted our communities by placing additional pressure on hospital emergency rooms." Sullivan said. "So many medical problems stem from improper dental health. By extending these benefits we can increase prevention and significantly improve people's lives."
A law signed in 2012 cut all Medicaid dental coverage except for emergency procedures. The proposed new law reinstates preventive care that includes fillings, crowns, root canals, dentures and teeth extractions.
"When I saw the human cost of the lack of dental services there was no question in my mind that these benefits needed to be reinstated," Sullivan said.